Roxanne’s involvement with development work began when she spent six months in the Klong Toey slum of Bangkok, Thailand, caring for mothers and children afflicted with AIDS.
As founder of ME to WE Artisans, Roxanne leads social and economic empowerment initiatives for women in Kenya, India and Ecuador. This initiative currently employs more than 1,400 women and its success confirms research that suggests that every dollar earned by a mother has a transformative mpact on her home, her children and her community.
Roxanne is also responsible for corporate and family engagement at ME to WE. She established Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp in Kenya, a first-of-its-kind facility designed to educate and engage youth, adults, families and corporate groups through international volunteer trips. She has successfully led the expansion of this unique experience at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp in the Rajasthani province of India.
Roxanne graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a degree in international relations. She won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and pursued a law degree at Oxford University, completing her training in 2005 by clerking for the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2012, Roxanne received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University in recognition of her innovative work in education and human rights. She has been featured as “Faces of the Future: 100 Young Canadians to Watch” in Maclean’s magazine, and is an Action Canada Fellow. In 2005, she was honored by the Women’s Executive Network as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.” The CBC, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and the Winnipeg Free Press have covered her work.
Russell McLeod joined the WE Charity and ME to WE teams in early 2004. He was appointed Chief Operations Director in 2010. He is a driving force behind the ME to WE philosophy and business model, and since his appointment, ME to WE has donated over $6 million to WE Charity.
A business graduate from the University of Ottawa, Russell worked closely with Peter Koppel in the creation of the Telfer School of Management Career Centre.
Prior to his role at ME to WE, Russell served until 2010 as the Director of WE Day, overseeing its growth from a single event in 2007 with 6,000 young people in attendance, to a five-city Canadian phenomenon by 2010, attended by 44,000 youth representing 1,200 schools. WE Day activities that year inspired students to donate $4.5 million and volunteer one million hours of service to more than 500 charities across Canada. Building on the foundation that Russell developed, WE Day has continued to expand in Canada, the US and UK—14 cities in all—and now reaches almost 200,000 youth each year with its celebration of service and inspirational stories of leadership and change.
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Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs and co-founders of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Together, they co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called Free The Children’s WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, they co-founded ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of their charitable organization.
Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.
Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.